Open threading every day.

Apparently, at any rate!

Standard FYI clause: My rule of thumb is that I wait for 2 hours after Ta-Nehisi would usually open a thread (roughly noon, EST), and if none is forthcoming, I put one up here.

127 Comments

  1. Captain Button

     /  June 1, 2012

    Today’s silly nerd game:

    D&D classes for Game of Thrones characters

    Obligatory SPOILER WARNING for the books.

    Ned Stark: Paladin

    Catelyn: Bard?

    Robb: Fighter

    Sansa: ?

    Arya: Swashbuckler/Ninja multiclass

    Bran: Druid

    Rickon: ?

    Jon Snow: Ranger

    Sam Tarley: Sage

    Robert Baratheon: Fighter

    Stannis: Paladin

    Renly: Bard

    Gregor Clegane: Barbarian

    Sandor Clegane: Fighter

    Jamie Lannister: Cavalier

    Tyrion: Rogue or Bard?

    Bronn: Rogue

    Brienne: Fighter

    Melisandre: Cleric

    Others?

    • intangir

       /  June 1, 2012

      Also obligatory –
      Hodor: Hodor

      Real content –
      Barristan: Paladin
      Strong Belwas: Barbarian

      Also – John Snow can’t be a ranger, Mormont clearly chose him as a steward.

    • Tyrion: Badass

    • Captain Button

       /  June 1, 2012

      Would the Unsullied be warrior monks, or just fighters?

  2. OMG why is today not over yet?
    Snargle bargle oy.

    There’s stuff of my blog. Whether we should worry about FOX ruining Idol once and for all. If the new Dr Who companion does indeed have a name. Florence and the machine.

    Oh and a picture in desperate need of a caption.
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com/

    • koolaide

       /  June 1, 2012

      I just hope whatever happens w/ Idol’s exec list doesn’t negatively impact SYTYCD. I’ve heard it is on the endangered list for new seasons. But I’m far from “in the know” about such things. I’ll just continue to hope it hangs around.

      • You know how we know it’s on the endangered list?
        There are no elimination episodes this year.

        • koolaide

           /  June 1, 2012

          Oh. I didn’t know that tidbit.😦 I really do love that show.

    • koolaide

       /  June 1, 2012

      Also, the ads during SYTYCD for the dating show held on The Voice set? No thank you.

      • It’s not held on The Voice set. it’s a knock off.
        Did you catch the name by the way? It’s called “The Choice.”

        No, FOX isn’t bitter about that show’s success at ALL.

        • koolaide

           /  June 1, 2012

          I was joking based on how obvious Fox’s knockoff is (name/chairs/etc). I know it really wasn’t on the actual Voice set. Like NBC would let that happen.

          • Do you know how broke NBC is? They just might…

            • koolaide

               /  June 1, 2012

              No, no I don’t. I don’t really follow the entertainment beyond watching the shows.

      • David L

         /  June 1, 2012

        It’s not as if Fox hasn’t done this kind of thing before in even more blatant ways. Remember how they rushed out “Trading Spouses” between when ABC announced “Wife Swap” and when it went to air? And “Nanny 911” vs “SuperNanny”?

        • koolaide

           /  June 1, 2012

          Oh geeze. Wife Swap vs Trading Spouses: I still remember my reaction when I saw the first Fox knock-off commercial. “No. The world does not need one much less TWO!” Followed closely by “I guess there aren’t copywrite rules for show ideas…”

          • koolaide

             /  June 1, 2012

            and lord have mercy. I know how to spell copyright. But clearly not every time. sigh.

          • David L

             /  June 1, 2012

            There are stories about the Aussie game show producer Reg Grundy flying to Los Angeles, spending a few days in a cheap motel watching American game shows on TV, then recreating the shows (down to the sets) with different titles, because that was the only thing that could be trademarked/ copyrighted.

  3. THIS.

  4. wearyvoter

     /  June 1, 2012

    Worked at home for paying job this morning, thank heaven for accessing databases and email via internet; taking vacation 3 hours at a time this afternoon. Why does vacation include vacuuming? Also, too: Keep fingers crossed for my offspring and her spousal unit. Possible pregnancy in progress. Very early. Home test kits are reading positive.

  5. Yesterday saw the results of a lot of hard work result in a tasty tasty bonus. Today is dullsville. Hardly anyone calling in, and not much to do. Ah well.

    • caoil

       /  June 1, 2012

      Congrats on the bonus!
      But enjoy the quiet day, too. That can be a kind of bonus.

    • koolaide

       /  June 1, 2012

      kudos on the bonus. Yay!

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  June 2, 2012

      Hooray for bonus! Woot!

  6. taylor16

     /  June 1, 2012

    Dizziness seems to slooooowly be getting better. Hooray! Still not able (or willing) to drive, and I’m still pretty dizzy and off-balance upon standing or turning. But the room is no longer spinning when I am stationary! Yippee!!

    Now, to decide what to do with my weekend, now that driving myself places or meeting a friend for a drink is out of the question (I’d be kicked out of the bar for public drunkenness after one beer!).

    I’m thinking this will be a good weekend for a Netflix Instant marathon of Crap I’ve Been Meaning To Watch But Haven’t. Anyone have any recommendations for stuff they liked? I’m partial to TV shows and documentaries, but open to any ideas.

    • Bookwoman

       /  June 1, 2012

      Two British series from the ’80s (if they’re available – I don’t do Netflix so I’m not sure how deep their catalogue is): Brideshead Revisited and The Jewel in the Crown. Both gorgeously filmed and brilliantly acted.

      • helensprogeny

         /  June 1, 2012

        Fell in love with both Geraldine James and Charles Dance watching Jewel. Also Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews in Brideshead. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

    • Star Trek Next Gen is pretty good if you skip the bad episodes or, better yet, only watch the really good ones. I’ve found the Onion AV Club to have a good guide to the series that grades every episode of every season.

    • Caprica. Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex (that’s the TV show.) Puccini for Beginners is a very funny movie. Are there any documentaries that aren’t depressing?

      • Is Caprica worth watching? I hadn’t heard great things and I was pretty disillusioned by BSG’s love of improbably plot twists in the final seasons (I prefer predictability to implausibility any day).

        • Well. I didn’t hate the end of BSG – yeah, it was pretty strange, but I figured if I could accept “All Along the Watchtower” I had to put up with everything else. (As Marge says, “it’s an ending. That’s enough.”)

          And I haven’t actually seen the last few episodes of Caprica (but Netflix only has Season 1 anyway.) IMO Caprica starts off well and then gets lost. But the first half of Season 1 and the world-building in general are good.

      • I’ll second GitS. Great show, lots of interesting debates about what it means to be human.

      • mythopoeia

         /  June 1, 2012

        I’ll third GitS for being amazing television, but I’m not sure it’s the best thing to watch when stuff is still kinda spinning.🙂

        • Justin

           /  June 1, 2012

          In that case FLCL might be a better option if you need something anime.

          Or maybe it’d be a worse option for that

          • Oh god, FLCL… yeah, I’m not sure that’s a comprehensible show even when you’re stone-cold sober. Excel Saga ranks up there as well.

            • mythopoeia

               /  June 1, 2012

              I’ve got it!

              Serial Experiments: Lain!

              (You know, if you found The Matrix too comprehensible.)

              • Captain Button

                 /  June 1, 2012

                Or most stuff by Satoshi Kon if you want sex and violence with your incomprehensible surrealism.

                • Satoshi Kon is one of my favorites. Funny anecdote: Netflix seems to have lost disks 1 and 3 of Paranoia Agent. So I could only watch disks 2 and 4, thereby making the story even more incomprehensible.

        • Captain Button

           /  June 1, 2012

          Yeah we don’t want talyor16 worrying about cyberbrain sclerosis.

        • taylor16

           /  June 1, 2012

          “I’m not sure it’s the best thing to watch when stuff is still kinda spinning.”

          Ha. This is why my first thought for how to spend my weekend (finally finishing Portal 2) went down the tubes. Something tells me that that game won’t help the vertigo.😀

          • snailspace

             /  June 1, 2012

            You don’t think doing the flipping vantage points of see-saw fall to gain height through increasingly high platforms will help? Can’t imagine why you think that.

    • LUTHER.
      Six episodes int he first season. four in the second. You can finish it in a day. and you’ll be glad you did.

      • taylor16

         /  June 1, 2012

        I watched the first episode of Luther and totally liked it … except that the murderer chick freaked me out more than any character I’ve ever seen on TV, ever. I haven’t been able to motivate myself to watch any more ever since … it left me so unsettled!

        But yeah, I really should try it again. This time, with the lights on and maybe during the day.🙂

        • The relationship between Alice Morgan and Luther is a beautiful thing. Give it another go.

          • taylor16

             /  June 1, 2012

            But … the doggie. And the creepiness!

            Okay, I’ll do it.

            But yeah … I’m home alone 4 nights per week when my husband’s at work. I’m always completely fine – never worry about anything, never afraid, etc.

            That episode had me wanting to grab a kitchen knife just in case that freaky woman was hiding in my closet.🙂

            • Alice didn’t bother me. The dog bothered me A LOT and I almost didn’t continue because of that. Glad I did anyway!

              • taylor16

                 /  June 1, 2012

                So no other dogs are going to be gruesomely murdered in future episodes? Because I can handle the human murder, but I don’t think I can handle more dog murder. (seriously)

                • doginajacket

                   /  June 1, 2012

                  Thanks for the spoiler, actually. I know I can’t handle dog murder.

      • intangir

         /  June 1, 2012

        I’d definitely suggest this as well, saw it a few months ago and it was fantastic. Creepy murderer chick is extremely creepy though, yes.

        Similarly, Sherlock if you haven’t seen that yet.

      • Many, many agreements with the Luther rec.

        Justified, Sherlock, Supernatural, Royal Pains, Person of Interest…

    • CitizenE

       /  June 3, 2012

      If you have never seen it, try The Best of Youth, a terrific century spanning mini tv series from Italy.

  7. I went to Artomatic yesterday with my boss. for those in the DC area it’s worth checking out.

    Did i remember to pimp our meetup?

  8. dmf

     /  June 1, 2012

    for fridays and work of generations:

    I spent seven hours yesterday at my daughter’s house
    helping her expand their garden by at least ten times.
    We dug up sod by the shovelful, shook off the dirt as
    best we could; sod into the wheelbarrow and off to the
    pile at the edge of the yard. Then all that over and over
    again. Five hours total work-time, with time out for lunch
    and supper. By the time I got home I knew all too well
    that seventy-two is not thirty-five; I could barely move.

    I got to quit earlier than Nadine. She told me I’d done
    enough and that I should go get a beer and lie down on
    the chaise lounge and cheer her on, which is what I did.

    All this made me remember my father forty years ago
    helping me with my garden. My father’s dead now, and
    has been dead for many years, which is how I’ll be one
    of these days too. And then Nadine will help her child,
    who is not yet here, with her garden. Old Nadine, aching
    and sore, will be in my empty shoes, cheering on her own.

    So it goes. The wheel turns, generation after generation,
    around and around. We ride for a little while, get off and
    somebody else gets on. Over and over, again and again.

    “Seventy-Two is Not Thirty-Five” by David Budbil

    • Ophelia

       /  June 1, 2012

      Thank you for this.

    • CitizenE

       /  June 3, 2012

      Seventy two is not 35. Maybe next year I will do for my daughter what I did here at home, many more than 5 hours a day for a month and a half. I wonder how anyone can put in a garden in 5 hours even with help. Lucky the gardener who has children to take up the passion, but like everything else in this world, where we go from one generation to the next is hard to say. My dad spent most his adult life building a scrap metal business. When I went to work for him as a teenager, I hated the business part of the job, and went out to work with the day laborers. Both my kids are working in government service jobs, one for the University of Texas, the other for the Admiral Nimitz Museum of the Second World War. I am so happy to be landscaping this year instead of being a community college instructor; would not have had that part of my life be my legacy, but there it is.

      Thanks for the lovely poem D, the wheels turn, but the destination changes.

  9. caoil

     /  June 1, 2012

    Tomorrow morning we’re going on a bird-watching walk in a local park. They’re quite rare in our area and this is the only known nesting colony. I will try to take pictures & pop a few up somewhere (FB, photobucket) to share. If we see any, that is!

    • caoil

       /  June 1, 2012

      I guess I should have said that these rare birds are called Lazuli Buntings.

      I may not be operating on all cylinders today.

      • taylor16

         /  June 1, 2012

        I admit that I sat here for a minute thinking … “birds are rare in your area?? Where do you LIVE???”
        🙂

        • koolaide

           /  June 1, 2012

          you weren’t the only one….

        • caoil

           /  June 1, 2012

          Yeah – right after I posted it I thought…wait…%$#@*& and I can’t edit it!

  10. For those keeping track, the Florida governor and sec. of state are ignoring the DoJ cease-desist letter regarding their illegal voter purge:
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/01/493769/rick-scott-voter-purg/
    All Floridians: call your elections office and A) if they are refusing Scott’s order to purge voters do Thank them and tell them to defend our rights or B) if they are purging voters tell them to stop right now!
    If Scott and his peeps continue to ignore the Justice Dept. on this civil rights issue, I hope to God they get arrested. Let’s go.

    • helensprogeny

       /  June 1, 2012

      I’ve been following this a little bit. Thanks for the update and keep us posted. Fuckers.

  11. OH MY GOD THIS WEEK.

    Between the Jewish holiday on Sunday and the American holiday on Monday and the bloggingheads things which ultimately probably took up at least half a day (…), this week was essentially cut in half for me, with all of the work remaining. edit: Who am I kidding. Considering buying new equipment, testing new equipment, reading up on and preparing for the conversation, doing the taping, and then obsessively watching my side of it allllll the way through the minute it was done to make sure I didn’t make a fool of myself [I didn’t, but a fly did] — the bloggingheads thing probably took up about 10 hours).

    THIS WEEK.

    (This by way of saying: I’m sorry I haven’t been around in even my own open threads!)

    (Also: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!)

    Oh, right, and I also had a huge homework assignment in my Museum Education class!

    • mythopoeia

       /  June 1, 2012

      Emily, something you tweeted the other day (which I saw, like, 24 hours after the fact) made me realize I should introduce you to the phrase “stupid o’clock,” which was coined by a friend of mine in college.

      Stupid o’clock may sound like a generic term for “up too late,” but it is in fact HIGHLY technical. It refers to the time at night 8 hours before you have to be somewhere the next morning. Thus, if one is still up at stupid o’clock, it is proof positive that one will not be getting anywhere near enough sleep that night.

      We used it…frequently.

      • I used to refer to “a million o’clock,” but this is far more accurate.

        • We used to refer to having to get up at 3am to go to work as o’dark:30.

          • David L

             /  June 1, 2012

            If we’re going to topic-drift onto other terms for time, I submit “fuck-it o’clock”: The moment, usually late in the afternoon and more commonly on Fridays or the day before a holiday/vacation, when you realize that you lack the motivation to do more than the bare minimum to get yourself through the end of the day. As in this afternoon’s tweet: “Got back from a long lunch to discover that it was fuck-it o’clock. Plan to stay late just turned into taking personal time.”

            Alternate, but related definition: The moment when you decide to go home because you can get away with leaving at that hour even though it’s a little bit earlier than you really should be going.

            • caoil

               /  June 1, 2012

              I think we already reached that time here today, around about 10am…

              • David L

                 /  June 1, 2012

                I’ve been incredibly productive for a day and a half, learning a new-to-me bit of software, and then I get back and it’s Friday afternoon and I’ve got a full stomach, and it’s just impossible to get that focus back.

    • taylor16

       /  June 1, 2012

      Totally random: but thanks for your link on twitter the other night to the Joe Biden speech on grief. What a guy. I was getting all teary, and am going to send it to my best friend, whose parents are really struggling after the recent (sudden) loss of their young adult son.

      For those who haven’t seen it and have 20 minutes … it’s well worth the time:

      • Oh my lord, this man. I want him in my family.

        • taylor16

           /  June 1, 2012

          I absolutely, unabashedly think he’s fantastic. I did before, and I do even more now.

  12. dmf

     /  June 1, 2012

  13. Electronic_Neko

     /  June 1, 2012

    Trayvon Martin development – George Zimmerman’s bail has been revoked. He’s supposed to surrender himself. He and his wife were found to have lied about their financial resources at his bail hearing.

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-06-01/news/os-george-zimmerman-media-evidence-hearing-20120601_1_special-prosecutor-angela-corey-withholding-evidence-media-companies

    • Captain Button

       /  June 1, 2012

      I’ve always figured the poetically just penalty for stuff like that is to confiscate the undeclared assets as abandoned property, since the true owner is unknown, given that it doesn’t belong to the person whose name is on it. After all, we have their statement right here that it isn’t theirs.

    • Ian

       /  June 1, 2012

      “Court papers provided a partial transcript of a phone call allegedly showing the code used by Zimmerman and his wife on April 16:

      Zimmerman: In my account do I have at least $100?
      His wife: No.
      Zimmerman: How close am I?
      His wife: $8. $8.60.
      Zimmerman: Really. So total everything how much are we looking at?
      His wife: Like $155.”

      http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/01/justice/florida-teen-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

      On the jail phone. These are not smart people.

      • chingona

         /  June 1, 2012

        It is AMAZING what people will say on the jail phone. I wrote about a case last year in which a guy gave his adult son detailed instructions about how to smuggle a bobby pin to another prisoner at the courthouse – over the jail phone. It says right at the beginning of the call that you are being recorded!

        • Ian

           /  June 1, 2012

          Also, they don’t even have their code down! “Wait, George, do I divide by a thousand or ten thousand?”

          • watson42

             /  June 1, 2012

            There’s a Wrath of Khan joke to be made here…..

      • Electronic_Neko

         /  June 1, 2012

        The CNN article has a lot more detail. The guy is so freaking dumb I’d almost feel bad for him if I didn’t consider him a murderer. When your credibility is a huge issue in a trial, why on earth would you think it’s a good idea to lie to the judge?

  14. dave in texas

     /  June 1, 2012

    Talk to me like I’m stupid, y’all.

    Is it weird that I painted the ceilings the same color I painted the walls? I decided to go with a sky blue for both bedrooms in my house rather than another version of the blah off-white that was in there before. When I tell people I did the ceilings the same color, a goodly percentage of them look at me funny and ask, “The ceiling, too?” I’ll admit, it somehow looks a little odd and different to me (not sure why; maybe it’s because so many people have commented), but I really like it. Is it a thing that you’re supposed to leave the ceilings white if there’s a fairly vivid color on the walls? I didn’t look at any how-to-redecorate books or websites or anything, just bought the paint and rollers and started doing it. Have I set myself up for years of puzzlement and ridicule here?

    • koolaide

       /  June 1, 2012

      If you like it, don’t worry about it and don’t let them harsh your style🙂 I’ve never personally painted a ceiling but that’s probably just b/c I’m an inside the box thinker in this field.

      • dave in texas

         /  June 1, 2012

        Oh, I’m not particularly worried about it. I’m used to puzzlement and ridicule from the crowd I hang out with, anyway.

        I was just wondering how it was usually done, and didn’t want to, you know, do actual research.

    • Bookwoman

       /  June 1, 2012

      In general people tend to leave the ceiling white, but I think colored ceilings look really cool. In very small rooms, like powder rooms, I’ve wallpapered* the ceiling as well as the walls; it makes the room look like a little jewel box.

      *By “I’ve wallpapered” I mean hiring someone to wallpaper. I can use words; I cannot use tools.

      • dave in texas

         /  June 1, 2012

        I’m with you. Like I mentioned, I really like it. My next project is to do something about the wallpaper in the bathrooms, and I’ll probably follow your lead there. I’m pretty sure I have neither the dexterity nor the patience to deal with hanging wallpaper.

    • efgoldman

       /  June 1, 2012

      If the ceiling is sky blue, go get a Michelangelo (or is it Da Vinci?) paint by numbers kit.

    • doginajacket

       /  June 1, 2012

      It’s not usual, but I think you should just tell people you like it that way when they look at you funny.

      All our ceilings are white with a tint of color. For example, the blue room with the pink flowered wall paper border has a pink tinted ceiling. The ceiling looks white, but we think we get a different “feeling” from the tint.

    • CitizenE

       /  June 3, 2012

      I think the idea is that you want your ceiling to be higher, to recede. Thus a slightly off white serve that purpose. Another color bring the ceiling down to the eye. Or at least that’s the color theory behind it.

  15. whaaaaaaaa both our accountant applicants REJECTED US.

    I am NEVER EVER GOING TO GET OUT OF DOING THIS GODAWFUL ACCOUNTING CRAP.

    WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    • Captain Button

       /  June 1, 2012

      Did they decided to become lion tamers instead?

      • No. They both got other offers.
        Our CEO called back our favorite personally to see if she could change her mind.

        Isn’t the job market supposed to be in the crapper? John Paul George and Ringo….

      • Well they did get the hat that says “lion tamer”…

  16. David L

     /  June 1, 2012

    Google has decided that it doesn’t like something about the network at work and has banned us from it. But the only pages that I’m locked out of (e.g., Reader) are not ones that are strictly work-related and thus I don’t really want to be the one to complain to the network guys about it.

  17. dmf

     /  June 1, 2012

    • As God is my witness, I have no idea why I don’t own any of her music. That will be corrected this weekend.

      AS GOD IS MY WITNESS.

    • Bob Jones' Neighbor

       /  June 1, 2012

      An excellent cover!!

  18. watson42

     /  June 1, 2012

    The phone commercial that uses Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman” promoted me to dig out my CD of Big Science and check the liner notes. It was released 30 years ago, y’all. I am old. So very old.

    (Heck, just saying I have a CD and read liner notes marks me as old. We won’t even talk about the albums I have on vinyl…)

    • dave in texas

       /  June 1, 2012

      I miss all the tchotchkes that used to come with vinyl records, like those 8×10 pictures of all the Beatles that came in the White Album and liner notes/copies of the lyrics that don’t have to be read with a magnifying glass.

      • Me too, man, me too.

        • dave in texas

           /  June 1, 2012

          Ooh, I just remembered one of my favorites: the jacket of Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick folded out into a full-sized 20-or-so page newspaper.

          • Bookwoman

             /  June 1, 2012

            Yes! I loved that album.

          • watson42

             /  June 1, 2012

            I think my copy with the newspaper is still at my parents’ house. 🙂

      • watson42

         /  June 1, 2012

        one of the things Ioved about the digital remasters of the Beatles albums is that they reproduced all the tchotchkes in miniature i.e. to scale for the CD. It made me laugh when I opened them (mini Sgt Pepper moustache!), but definitely appreciated it. I used to have the White album photos on my bedroom wall when I was a kid.

  19. Another update from Florida:
    Zimmerman’s bail revoked, has 48 hours to surrender to authorities. He misled the court about his finances and failed to disclose his second (!) passport.
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/01/493863/trayvon-martin-shooter-george-zimmerman-misled-court-has-48-hours-to-surrender/
    How do you have more than one passport…?

    • Captain Button

       /  June 1, 2012

      Maybe the othe passport belongs to his evil twin who is the real killer.

      • Electronic_Neko

         /  June 1, 2012

        But he already has a goatee! how could you tell which was the evil twin?

    • koolaide

       /  June 1, 2012

      More than one passport? Easy, be a dual citizen. Then you have a passport from each country. My niece has both a USA and Mexican passport.

      • koolaide

         /  June 1, 2012

        eta (sans edit button) Of course I should I have use Michele Bachman’s new (though quickly rejected) Swiss passport😀

      • Electronic_Neko

         /  June 1, 2012

        Apparently he lost the first one, filed for a second one and received it, then found the original “lost” passport.

        • koolaide

           /  June 1, 2012

          ah. the old “lost my passport” act. nvmnd my blatherings. I’ll hush now.

    • Bookwoman

       /  June 1, 2012

      You can get a second US passport pretty easily. For instance, if you travel often to Israel and also want to travel to certain Arab countries which will refuse you entry if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport, you can be issued a second one.

    • chingona

       /  June 1, 2012

      I have two passports. When you do Peace Corps, they just issue you a passport, even if you already have one. You don’t have to turn in your old passport. The Peace Corps passport has a shorter lifespan (7 years, I think, so maybe now I only have one again), and you are supposed to turn it in after your service is complete, but they don’t enforce that at all and it remains valid. We kind of worried about it when we were traveling after our service – like if we got stopped, would they think we were spies or something. It seems sketchy, but there are any number of reasons why people end up with two.

      • koolaide

         /  June 1, 2012

        this conversation reminds me that I need to renew my passport…

      • Ian

         /  June 1, 2012

        I think seven years is right. My second passport is no good anymore. Other spy thing: I got my passport wet, and all cheap ink from Eastern Europe vanished. So it’s like I was never there.

        • chingona

           /  June 1, 2012

          Woah. Secret agent.

        • chingona

           /  June 1, 2012

          Did they keep your passport in a safe at the office? We had to get pretty frequent visa renewals, so they held our passports during service, and our only official ID on our person were these rinky-dink laminated cards issued by the Sanitation Ministry.

          • Ian

             /  June 1, 2012

            Yes, they did. I think we did our ID’s in-house, so they weren’t even government-issued.

      • watson42

         /  June 1, 2012

        Wow. I did not know that you could have more than one passport. I assume the passports have different numbers? And here I thought it was cool having a passport and a passport card.

  20. corkingiron

     /  June 1, 2012

    OK – Saint Malo on the West Coast of France is a stunning place. A walled city (we walked the ramparts tonight) that used to house corsairs who raided local shipping – and the home port of Jacques Cartier – who “discovered” Canada. Of course, fishermen from this port had been sailing to Newfoundland’s Grand Banks and drying their catch on Newfoundland’s shores at least 100 years prior to Columbus, Cartier, et al – but why let facts get in the way of a good story?

    I just want to add that I cannot believe I can get an excellent bottle of Pinot Noir for less than 20$ Canadian…….

    • efgoldman

       /  June 1, 2012

      He tried to discover Canada, but it was too shy and kept hiding behind Greenland.

    • caoil

       /  June 1, 2012

      Quit gloating, you.

      Nah, just kidding – enoying your updates & pics.

  21. caoil

     /  June 1, 2012

    More of my adventures in the “duh, of course it’s like that, caoil” vein:
    So further to what I said a few months ago about how our department is eventually going to be phased out/work shifted to other Canadian offices, I finally put two and two together as to why we’ve been doing time entry for the past year. It’s not so they can bill it to the client (because, honestly, to me, that’d be double-dipping as we’re already part of the billing rates), it’s to see the types of work we’re doing and what would need to be farmed out, versus what the already-outsourced copy centre people could do, or what the assistants could be trained to do. It was a lightbulb moment, though probably a lightbulb that should’ve come on about half a year ago.